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Wescoe Hall

Identification

Wescoe Hall
182017

Structure in General

high-rise building
unbuilt [cancelled]
modernism

Usages

university

Facts

  • Named in honor of Dr. W. Clarke Wescoe (M.D.) who served as Dean of the University of Kansas Medical School in Kansas City, Kansas from 1950-60 and Chancellor of the University from 1960-69.
  • When proposed in 1967 to house KU's Humanities Department, it would have been the tallest building in Kansas and the tallest academic building in the Continental USA.
  • The two 19th century buildings demolished so Wescoe Hall could be built in the heart of the campus across from the administration building were Robinson Gymnasium and Haworth Hall.
  • "Wescoe Beach" is the slang term for a large open space in front of Wescoe Hall where male students gather on sunny spring and fall days to watch female students go to and from class along Jayhawk Boulevard.
  • The skyscraper was never built because streets, sewers, parking and related infrastructure on the then-century old campus could not be modified enough to handle the density such a huge structure would create.
  • Wescoe Hall was scaled down and constructed as a four-story building, 2-stories above ground and 2-stories below ground, and opened in the Fall of 1974.

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Location

1400 block of Jayhawk Boulevard
66045
Lawrence
Kansas
U.S.A.

Technical Data

311.30 ft
25
4
1967
1974

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